The Age Old Argument...
So, which is better subs or dubs or the original version? Either, none? An age old question, and in truth, there is no *right* answer. Each version has its own inherent advantages, depending on whether you or the director takes advantage of the different media.
Here's a quick breakdown on the advantages of each...
Original Language Version
A Word About Fan-Subs/Fan Dubs...
In a word... Don't. While we don't have any experience with fan dubs, we have had some of the "other" variety. There's no longer any reason for them to exist -- there are enough companies out there that bring out almost all of the current releases in a fairly timely manner (with the exception of some older long-running TV serials. OK, Viz is slowly working on MI, and KOR has finally made it out).
If you don't care about the quality of the product, well here's another: they're illegal. There are people out there that claim that since they're not available here, that it's legal to produce fansub or fandubs. Those people don't know what they're talking about. Japan, like many other countries, have signed an international copyright agreement (the Berne Convention) which automatically covers works in all participating countries.
Aside from the legal issues, the problem you're more likely to run into is that whoever is doing the work may never get you your tapes. Besides, the fan-subber/fan-dubber will often use some pretty poor equipment (some even use mono VCR's!), and being that most can't afford studio-quality editing equipment, you can expect video and audio drop-outs on your tape. Some try to use 8mm and Hi-8 equipment for "mastering," but this will inevitably result in shifted colour palattes. All multi-generation tapes (regardless of equipment used) will result in colour bleeding and audio compression. If you don't want to buy the tape because it's too expensive, don't forget your local video rental outlet. The selections are growing all the time.
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